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Omdurman 1898: Kitchener's victory in the Sudan (Campaign) [Illustriert] [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Donald Featherstone

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27. Januar 1994 Campaign (Buch 29)
This volume tells the story of the conquest of the Dervish Empire, culminating at Omdurman: one of the great desert battles in the imperial drama of the Victorian era. This dramatic conflict witnessed hordes of native warriors set against British discipline and firepower, gunboats on the Nile, a dramatic cavalry charge and Kitchener, the Sirdar, as conqueror. This book explores the events, weaponry and leaders of both sides, and accompanying illustrations and colourful graphics bring the whole campaign vividly to life.


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"This book presents a nice overview of the campaign... There are more detailed books that cover some of these operations, but none that cover the entire campaign and condense it as nicely." -Joe Kauffman, SITEO Newsletter (November 2007)

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Don Featherstone has long been a student of military history and has visited many of the world’s most famous battlefields. He has written extensively on a large number of military campaigns from the point of view of both the historian and the wargamer.

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The Mahdists had two further victories in 1885, when they captured Kassala and Sennar, but the first major military operations undertaken by the Khalifa was the war against Abyssinia in 1887/9. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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This book concisely tells the story of the two {2}year campaign {from 1896-98} of the Anglo-Egyptian reconquest of the Sudan and the Islamic -Dervish forces that had been in control of the region since 1884-85. Omdurman was the capital of the Dervish state and the primary objective of the campaign. This climatic battle can be considered the apogee of Western technological and organizational dominance "vis a vie" an Dervish army of tough and fanatically brave warriors that was completely unready to fight a modern European trained and equipted army.

This book has many good points - great maps, some excellent color plates of the various troop types of both armies, numerous contemporary black and white prints/ pictures of the armies on the move and in action and some rare/decent quality photos of the Anglo- Eygptian army on the march and in action during the battle - all to the positive !!

The authors overview chapters of the commanders and their subordinate officers and the armies, men, tactics and their equiptment was good. The advance and battles fought between 1896 and 1898 by the Anglo-Eygptian Army in the Dongola -Berber Campaign and the Atbara Campaign are told in a concise, straightforward manner. These victorous campaigns highlight the carefull planning and organizational skills needed to take the Anglo - Eygptian Army 2000 miles up the Nile - Kitchener proved he was a master of logistics.

Western technological superiority - railroads, telegraph communications, steam powered gunboats, Maxim machine guns, magazine rifles and long range artillery firing high explosive shells negated the superiority in sheer manpower that the dervish forces possesed. The dervish leader - Khalifa Abdullahi did not have a clue on how this Western technological disparity would make the bravery and devotion of his troops meaningless. AND, the Battle of Omdurman could/should be easily retitled "The Slaughter of Omburman" because once the Khalifa decided to meet the Anglo-Egyptian forces "head on"to defend his capital the result was a one-sided massacre with anywhere from 20 to 26 thousand devish's killed and wounded against less than 500 causualties for Kitchener's army.

I found the narrative describing the events leading up to the battle and the Battle of Omdurman itself to be very disappointing as almost the entire description of the battle is taken from General Kitchener's official 1898 dispatches and reports. For this, the focal point of the book, I expected more than just the 1898 "Kitchener version" of the battle. Some new insights, updated information and opinions concerning the battle and Kitchener's generalship from other sources and by the author would have been usefull and {in my opinion} enhanced the book. The concluding "after the battle" chapter is short and ordinary.

The softcover used copy that I received thru Amazon was in excellent condition. I have a number of these Praeger/Osprey campaign series books and this volume is one of their "lesser efforts" due to a uninspired, choppy and somewhat unsatisfactory narrative and for this reason I can only give this volume between a three {3} and 3 1/2 star rating.
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